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Poster: bigdaddyrico85 Date: Jan 4, 2011 1:52pm
Forum: moviesandfilms Subject: Copyright on Wild Guitar

Hi. I normally post in Animation but I've been having some problems with a movie and I need you're help.

The movie in question is Wild Guitar (1962) starring Arch Hall, Jr. I've been using clips of it for my show and uploaded them to Youtube. There's a British company named Crazed Digital Productions that have been claiming copyright on the Wild Guitar segments. While I respect that they might have British Rights to the movie, I know they can't claim copyright to it in the United States. They've also been claiming copyright on the 1922 film Nosferatu on another user.

I'm trying to find what year the movie went into the public domain in the United States so I can present them with this fact. Any help will be great. Thanx in advance for your help.

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Poster: Video-Cellar Date: Jan 4, 2011 7:54pm
Forum: moviesandfilms Subject: Re: Copyright on Wild Guitar

The film carried a 1962 copyright notice ("Copyright MCMLXII by FAIRWAY PRODUCTIONS") but was never registered or renewed. All copyright expired at the end of 1990. So it entered the public domain 1 January 1991.

A lot of the major Youtube movie channels have joined the Content-ID service where they are able to load films in as copyright and collect revenue from other users. I have had similar problems with similar "third party rights owners". When I get these matches I dispute them. When disputing choose the first option which says something like this video has beeen misidentified and does not contain the copyright material in question (as there is no copyright material in the video and the fair use and license options are not relevant to public domain material). This generally removes the copyright restrictions without having to debate the status with the claimant.

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Poster: bigdaddyrico85 Date: Jan 4, 2011 8:29pm
Forum: moviesandfilms Subject: Re: Copyright on Wild Guitar

Thank you so much for your help. I did do that and the Content ID Match did not show up on the other videos. However, on this new video, I disputed it, it went away and it came back. So I wrote to Youtube and the company that claimed it (Again) and I'm waiting for a reply from the company.

Thanks again Video Cellar.